Know Your Number !!


Recent reports show one in five Americans do not know their blood pressure number.  High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major modifiable risk factor to reduce the risk of stroke , heart attack , kidney disease and heart failure  ( and death). Quick Stats: High blood pressure, or hypertension, in the United States has increased …

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Obese Kids at Increased Heart and Stroke Risk ?


  Passing Along: Just posted on My-Physical-Therapy-Coach.com Childhood-Obesity Study: Young Obese Kids Have Old Hearts In this study that looked at childhood-obesity and the changes in the heart, it was the aorta specifically that showed early changes, consistent with the hearts of much older adults. Permalink -- click for full blog post "Childhood-Obesity Study: Young …

Do Politicians in Cumberland RI Know Stroke Warning Signs?


I certainly hope so and perhaps they will include the stroke warning signs in their political profiling and typical canned candidate sound bites * in the Valley Breeze because the importance of knowing the stroke warning signs have apparently taken a back seat to politics, at least for “one more week”. Here’s what Tom Ward, …

New AHA/ASA Recurrent Stroke Prevention Guidelines Released


The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association published updated guidelines for recurrent stroke prevention online Oct. 21,2010 in the journal Stroke.  The last update to the AHA/ASA was in 2006, but results from several studies testing different interventions contributed to the need for the new report.  “We need to reevaluate the science every few …

Will VH1 show Bret Michaels’ PFO Closure?


According to About.com's surgery blog Bret Michael's is scheduled to undergo PFO closure in January.  In this quick poll, I'd like to know how you think VH1 and Bret Michael's new show Life As I Know It will address the controversial medical topic of PFO closure. Should VH1 show Bret's PFO surgery and discuss the …

Perhaps PFO needs to be better recognized as a “Syndrome” to get equal treatment


“After all, accurate diagnosis and treatment of plica in the knee, or “plica syndrome”, has an accepted surgical option after conservative treatment and medical management has failed.” –DP Dansereau, MS,PT for know-stroke.org First, here’s some quick background: Plica syndrome, while being quite well known to physical therapists and physicians specializing in physical medicine and orthopedics, …

Many Stroke Patients Discontinue Meds After 3 Months


“These stroke meds are critical for many survivors to help prevent secondary stroke.  What’s going on here with almost a 25% non compliance rate?” - DP Dansereau, MS,PT  for know-stroke.org According to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center  at least a quarter of patients who have suffered a stroke …